Ha, ha! But seriously, Sasquatch! 2011. Jul 28, 2010 15:28:47 GMT -5
Post by ComesWithASword on Jul 28, 2010 15:28:47 GMT -5
To be very vague I see a big headliner (but not Radiohead, Daft Punk, Arcade Fire...) like a Pearl Jam who on their own could possibly sell out the gorge, and that being it for "big" headliners. That day would have decent sized established acts to round out tix.
The next day would be someone like an Interpol (cheaper) who people will by that time accept as a headliner or buy into being told they should be headliners "they were the kings of the new sound man!", but there will also be 2 other huge modern bands (Like Pavement and LCD) who will sell out tix
Last day I am banking on a more steady type of band who has dedicated fans, but prob would never sell out the gorge on their own, for now my guess would be Wilco (also a little cheaper), the rest of the mainstage will be littered with the "new hot acts", ie - next years' MGMT and Passion Pit. Again a for sure sell out tix wise I would bet.
The difference between a Band like The Strokes and Interpol, is that The Strokes are essentially a pop band, while Interpol who are no doubt accessible, definitely fall into the "Alternative" section (this is not to be lumped in with whatever the definition of Alternative rock is). Interpol may have their fans, and they are certainly listenable, but their style of music doesn't really cross any boundaries that make it particularly interesting to the type of crowd that goes to see a band like say The Strokes or Pearl Jam or whatever. It's good music, but it's not really inviting to an audience that hasn't heard them before. In my opinion they just don't make good headliners. Compare them to this year; My Morning Jacket have an expansive sound that infuses rock, psych, country, etc. And their songs are easy to sing along to, even if you've never heard them before (My friend hadn't heard anything by them, save for what we listened to on the drive in and she was belting out "I'm Ammmaaaaazzzzzzedddddd!!!!!" during the show). Massive Attack are a seminal favourite with a renowned light show, and have the appeal as being an act that doesn't come to North America often. Ween are also a old favourite, and their music has a similar effect on the audience as MMJ (although I didn't see them so I can't really comment). If you want to throw Pavement in their they have the whole reunion/final tour thing going for them and are undoubtedly one of the most influential Indie Rock bands ever, despite what you think of their music. Interpol don't really have a hook. Are they even really renowned for putting on a great live show?
I don't know know how you could say Sasquatch could get Pearl Jam and not Arcade Fire (unless i'm misinterpreting what you said). Are PJ even touring next year? There were people last year who scoffed at the idea of Arcade Fire headlining Sasquatch. Those people may have been (probably/definitely are) idiots, but It kind of put in perspective how (not) big Arcade Fire really were/are. I'd think they'd be perfect for the second tier Headliner.
I love Wilco, and would love to see a Headliner set from them, but I think they too are not fit to be a Sasquatch Headliner. Not because they aren't "Big" enough, but because they seem to always be around. Hell I saw them for free during the Olympics. Frankly, they probably need to go on Hiatus for a few years so that they're reunion is super special. I don't wan't them to Headline Sasquatch because I know I can probably see them again within a year for like $40.